Jennifer Ohman-Rodriguez

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As a child I loved listening to my family’s stories told over steaming cups of black coffee around old oak tables in small towns and farms across Minnesota. Before becoming a writer, I worked in the early care and education field for twenty years. I taught in a variety of settings including childcare, traditional preschool, Head Start, and at the college level. In 1993 I earned a Master of Education degree from the Erikson Institute for Advanced Studies in Child Development in Chicago, Illinois. I then directed a preschool program, worked as a teacher trainer, and developed an inclusive arts program for preschool-age children in Wisconsin. I am the co-creator and served as the first coordinator of Quality through Accreditation, an early care and education quality enhancement program based in the Illinois and Iowa Quad Cities. Along with two other professionals, I presented ideas for raising early care and education quality at the National Association for the Education of Young Children Annual Conference (NAEYC) in 2007. Before becoming an educator, I was a professionally trained musician. My life and work intersect with music often and I am fascinated by the process of composing it. Currently I serve as Vicar for the congregation of St. Andrew Lutheran Church (ELCA) in Cedar Rapids, Iowa and am awaiting first call in Word and Sacrament ministry. I continue to  write and finish my seminary studies at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota. My faith formation work is published by Augsburg Fortress, Sparkhouse, and Westminster John Knox Press. My magazine articles and essays appear in The Christian Century, Young Children, Young Children and the Creative Arts, QC Family Focus, The Lutheran, The Lutheran Digest, Zoay, Books Make a Difference, Christ in our Home, The Living Lutheran, and on Faith+Lead. My work also appears in the children magazines, The Little Lutheran and The Little Christian. For resources on the intersection between faith and trauma recovery, check out my curated section at Trauma Recovery at Compassionate Christianity and look for my memoir on trauma recovery coming in early 2022 published by Chalice Press. 


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  1. Dear Jennifer,
    I am currently enjoying your writing in the publication Christ in our Home. After looking up your website I realized we worked together many years ago at Resurrection Preschool in Chicago. So many changes in life. Just wanted you to know that your writings comfort me and I wish you and yours God’s Blessings. Meg Kessler

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